Palpatine played subtle roles to begin with: orchestrating the Trade Federation's blockade, causing Qui-Gon and Obi-wan to go to Tatooine in the first place. So without Palpy, Anakin would've been a slave boy until the cows came home or once he realized his powers and did something to free himself.
Originally Posted by PoiuyWired
4) Well, Obi Wan is, more or less, the type of jedi that suck up to the council's command.
I think in Eps II, Anakin comments on how Obi-wan wasn't the most obedient little Jedi out there. I think Yoda references Anakin's behavior to Obi-wan's. In the end, both Yoda and Obi learned the perils of blindly following the Jedi council.